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Do As Infinity – Ariadne no Ito September 6, 2011

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 6:40 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ariadne no Ito
  2. Bokutachi no Ketsudan
  3. Ariadne no Ito -ZZ8 Remix-
  4. Ariadne no Ito -Instrumental-

1. Ariadne no Ito

I love my edgy DAI for sure and their last awesome one in “Piledriver” was quite a while ago so seeing Ariadne no Ito appear as an A-side no less just made me so happy.  Van just sounds amazing in this song and hits notes quite powerfully.  Add in Ryo’s great guitarwork and you got a pretty damn good song.  It’s probably my favorite song they’ve released since they got back together and that’s saying a lot since they haven’t faltered on their singles yet.

2. Bokutachi no Ketsudan

Likewise, it’s great to see DAI back into a regular single format since they’ve only released two singles which were essentially quad A-sides, a special InuYasha single and two singles with one song on it (though one had three lives to spread it out longer).  The B-side on this single slows things down a bit and at first I did get “Chikai” vibes but it doesn’t have much of a powerful chorus.  It’s nice and soothing, but it’s like…ok I can see why this is a B-side compared to “Ariadne no Ito”.

3. Ariadne no Ito -ZZ8 Remix-

It hasn’t been too long since their rebirth but this is my first time coming across a remix from the duo (and no “Lets get together at a-nation” was definitely not a good song to say *but that has synths*.  I laughed at Van’s ~let’s go this way~ opening the remix but it does have an interesting vibe to it.  Less guitars and Van’s easier to hear and there’s some filters and echoes added on.  Then the chorus comes in and disappoints me because there is no burst of energy like the original, it just stays on the same arrangement and beats…yeah this isn’t really exciting.

 

 

I did say I enjoyed “Chikai” a lot but damn Ariadne no Ito is their best A-side since reforming honestly.  Their edgier songs have always impressed me and this is no exception.  Bokutachi no Ketsudan is alright but after all the goodness they’ve shown through the last two eras…I’m actually happy they have one song to bring them down a little bit…it’s not bad but kind of forgetful.  The remix you can pass up, it doesn’t do Ariadne no Ito any good here.  Altogether, the single was pretty good I can’t really compare it to the last two considering there was one main track but compared to “∞2”, this was a smidge underneath.

 

Satsuki – SYMPATHY

Filed under: Satsuki — solarblade @ 7:58 am

Track Listing

  1. SYMPATHY
  2. AWAKE (UPPER REGION ver.)

1. SYMPATHY

For being the second A-side this era, SYMPATHY, like “INNOCENT” is more mainstream of a sound than anything in the past era and that kind of saddens me a little but I like the synth usage in the song and Satsuki himself sounds quite good.  Sadly, it does feel much like his last release which is what makes me slightly dislike the tune.  A bit too basic I guess…just doesn’t do much like “INNOCENT” slightly did.

2. AWAKE (UPPER REGION ver.)

Why did Satsuki had to reuse AWAKE again?  It’s just the same version of the song off his mini-album, “UPPER REGION”.  Like I said on that review, the changes on this version compared to the original is pretty obvious from the start when strings open the song up instead of Satsuki immediatly singing the opening chorus.  I didn’t really appreciate this on this single since it’s the OTHER SONG…but c’mon an original not a recut? 

 

 

Ok, after the quite good “INNOCENT”, it comes as a hard knowledge to find that SYMPATHY kind of sucks as a whole.  I mean SYMPATHY is pretty plain and just one-dimensional of a J-rock song even for him while reusing AWAKE was just a poor ass idea even though I like the song…it shouldn’t be here AT ALL.  C’mon Satsuki, a little more effort next time!

 

YUKI – megaphonic

Filed under: YUKI — solarblade @ 7:33 am

Track Listing

  1. Hello!
  2. Yuukan na Vanilla Ice Cream
  3. Yureru Skirt
  4. Naiteru Kaijuu
  5. Climber Climber
  6. My Private Idaho
  7. Wild Ladies
  8. Himitsu
  9. Futari no Story
  10. Ano Musume ni Naritai
  11. Warai to Base
  12. Soushisouai
  13. Atsumarou for tomorrow

1. Hello!

Good choice of song to open up the album with.  Though seeing the tracklist, I do find myself curious to why it’s the only song that isn’t cluttered up with the other already released songs of the era.  I’m always a sucker for YUKI’s fun songs and Hello! is definitely one of my favorite A-sides from her for sure.  I love the fact that there’s just natural instruments like acoustics and brass and helps with YUKI’s not so amazing vocals…but it made em sound a lot better for sure!  Good start.

2. Yuukan na Vanilla Ice Cream

Then we get into a song that is the reason that I’m not as big of a fan of YUKI than some other people.  I don’t know why YUKI takes up a nasally tone for this song…but it just sounds different that the way she sounds in “Hello!”.  I will say that the funky arrangement that contains the same elements except brass but replaces with some other things is nice…but this isn’t my kind of song lol.

3. Yureru Skirt

I love that YUKI is up with the times and Yureru Skirt is fitting by being my synth-based and full of filters and vocal distortions.  It’s really one of the few songs that actually surprised that she’d try and for the most part she pulled it off quite nicely but it really depends on YUKI to keep it alive since the song isn’t very explosive.  I will say the chorus is really uhm…ear-piercing since she decides to yell some of the lyrics…and it’s bad.  Still isn’t bad.

4. Naiteru Kaijuu

After that rather interesting twist in the road, we swerve back into normality with Naiteru Kaijuu, meaning that we’re back to pop/rock goodness that YUKI has been known for most of her career.  I mean yeah it might not be something relatively new, but it’s where she stands out the best and while she sounds nasally again, it didn’t bother me much.  Actually it does remind me of some PUFFY songs but that’s just me.  It’s pretty straightforward though so it might not excite people but I thought it’s one of the better tunes on the album.

5. Climber Climber

Back to some experimentation?  I’m clearly seeing that this is a much different mood than her last album and I think it’s a much needed change.  I like YUKI’s vocals a whole lot more than I did in “Yureru Skirt”.  I do find that the arrangement is missing something to it, but this is actually a good song on the album and catches my attention pretty quickly.

6. My Private Idaho

LOL at this song being western almost.  It’s clear they wanted to do that since there’s slide guitar and harmonica present in this song and add in the catchy rhythm and the way YUKI is singing and it’s supposed to come off as classy and cute.  I really don’t know how to feel for the song.  While it doesn’t sound like any other song on the album and has its own identity…it’s just a bit much…

7. Wild Ladies

I do find myself curious to why YUKI decided to bunch old songs in the middle of the album (minus “Hello!”) starting with the B-side from “Himitsu”.  It’s a bit like that other song, “Naiteru Kaijuu” but that’s a good thing because even without the song beforehand I’ve seriously liked all the B-sides she released in the era.  She is shrill in the song, but it doesn’t bother me a lot oddly enough and I got used to it.  Another of my favorites on the album.

8. Himitsu

So the second A-side in the era instead comes after it’s B-side and funny enough seems to be worst coming after “Wild Ladies” since it feels like a slower and forced version of that.  I don’t know why but I found myself once again kind of wincing at YUKI’s vocal performance in the song.  At least she clears up in the chorus…but it’s not as bad as the next song.

9. Futari no Story

I really wished she didn’t release this an A-side because I just can’t get into liking the song…but I enjoy the damn arrangement.   Poor YUKI just sounds boring in the verses and very out of place in the chorus with the shouting.  Still, it’s like a bit pop/rock and a little synth experimentation which might tickle fancies out there.  Yeah stick with the B-sides and “Hello!” for good YUKI.

10. Ano Musume ni Naritai

Which is weird because I enjoyed the single’s B-side a ton more.  The echoing guitar riff mixed in with YUKI’s softer tone vocals and you get a nice track out of it.  The weird thing I wasn’t expecting was her speaking before the second verse since it felt like it was just tacked on for good worth.  I will say I would’ve wanted “Dear.Mama” quite more than this tune but it doesn’t matter since the B-sides were all pretty awesome (so repeating that, I know).

11. Warai to Base

Wow, back into the new songs, Warai to Base surprises me with piano and strings to open up into this rather easy listening / Mediterreanean kind of song and I really loved that she popped this sucker on the album (especially after that long line of pop/rock tracks).  YUKI sounds better than in songs that call for the same style of vocals and it’s a great sign.  Jazzy and cute is the way to go YUKI!!!!

12. Soushisouai

I’ll say that I’m kind of getting tired of the acoustic based pop/rock songs YUKI has on this album and Soushisouai kind of ranks lower for me because it’s like a combination of “Futari no Story” and “Himitsu”.  It just is a bit slower than them but it has the vocals icks that plagued the former track.  I don’t know this just felt like a filler track to me.

13. Atsumarou for tomorrow

If I had known she was going to end the album with another “My Private Idaho” but even more so I would’ve laughed considering the final track on “Ureshikutte Dakiau yo” was just amazing.  Sadly, I was proven because it’s just cute and has a catchy clapping rhythm and friggin banjo in it and I was just frowning with it.  It does leave a bigger impression than said other song on the album, but still…this song closes the album?!?

Tracks Recommended

  • Warai to Base
  • Hello!
  • Wild Ladies
  • Climber Climber
  • Naiteru Kaijuu

Song of Avoidance

  • Futari no Story

I’m just surprised at how different this album is from her last one for sure.  I am a little disappointed that there wasn’t any sort of ballad on here and while I bitched about how many there were on “Ureshikutte Dakiau yo” on here it felt like I was missing them a bit.  Which meant that there was too many pop/rock songs on here even though some I liked…you can’t deny there was a lot of those.  I saw small experimentation in songs like: Warai to Base, Climber Climber, and Yureru Skirt…but otherwise it was a straightforward album and I was kind of wanting more from it.